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It’s finally the weekend and today was Saturday; the day most people relax and enjoy a day off from work. I did the same – but I shouldn’t have. Well, that’s not necessarily true. It’s important to take time for yourself to relax and unwind from a long week, but it’s also important to remember your to-do list. I find myself constantly feeling guilty because I went out and had fun instead of copying numbers (something I do for my husband’s employer), completing school assignments, or doing household chores. It’s no good to go enjoy yourself if you know you’re just going to feel guilty afterwards (or stress out the entire time about what you have to do when you get home).
Today I got dressed up and went out to lunch (and shopping at Goodwill) with my husband. It felt good to get out and go somewhere just for fun. We don’t get to do that much because of the nature of his work and the lack of time in the day. Weekends are generally the only time we can go out and just enjoy it without stressing about something else that needs to be done that night or the next day.
I’ll be honest, as much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. And I have myself to blame for that. I have a problem with time-management. That was something my dad always emphasized us learning from early on and now I see why. My sub-par time management skills are what caused the constant nagging in my head all day…which in turn kept me from fully enjoying my only completely free day of the week. I wasted the time I had in the evenings after dinner during the week instead of completing my school assignments. Now I am paying the consequence my having to stress over them all weekend.
The fact is that time management is a learned skill. Nothing will change unless you work on it. I’m using my own insights as I write this post to formulate a plan for improving my own time management skills. Lists have always been helpful for me; but what works for one person may not work for another. And it may take a little trial and error…but eventually, with dedication and patience, it will come together.
In the end, stress gets us nowhere. There will never be enough time in the day to complete everything on our to-do list. That’s the point of time management – to focus on what’s important and take it one step at a time!
Enjoy these photos from today, courtesy of my husband and the typical PA wind.